Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees, located in Bern at the Effinger Coworking Space. The first 12 week training for highly qualified refugees will take place from January to April 2017.
The 3 months coding academy is followed by a 3 months internship. The internship can be extended by another 3 months. The ultimate goal of the Powercoders pilot in Bern is the permanent placement of trained refugees in IT-companies and IT-departments in the Canton of Bern. Participation is free of charge (laptop, food and transportation are offered) and includes a mentoring program.
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There is a shortage of skilled IT-workers, especially frontend developers. We presented our idea to IT-companies of all sizes and so far the positive response has been overwhelming.
Are you an IT-company in the Canton of Berne and interested in offering a trainee program? Please contact us.
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Who we are.
The idea of Powercoders was ignited by Dita Prikrylova, founder of a coding academy for girls in Czech Republic (Czechitas), Cornelia Mayer, founder of a catering company where she cooks with refugees in Austria (Topfreisen) and Christian Hirsig, a serial entrepreneur from Switzerland, during the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative program.
Together with a local team they decided to launch a pilot in Bern. The local core team are:
- project lead: Christian Hirsig, serial entrepreneur
- mentoring lead: Sunita Asnani, social worker and dance artist
- teaching lead: Pawel Kowalski, founder of Iterativ
- school lead: Marco Jakob, founder of Effinger and IT-teacher
If you have any questions regarding Powercoders do not hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.